1st Edition

Auto-Opium
A Social History of American Automobile Design





ISBN 9780415105729
Published October 31, 1994 by Routledge
288 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

This much needed book is the first to provide a comprehensive history of the profession and aesthetics of American automobile design. The author reveals how the appearance of the automobile was shaped by the social conflicts arising from America's mass production system. He connects the social struggles of American society with the organizational struggles of designers to create symbol-laden substitutes for the American dream. Theoretically sophisticated, lucid and compelling, Auto-Opium will appeal to all interested in the American obsession with the car.